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cipher (noun) the figure of zero; a person considered worthless, or as of no importance; a secret code (code language).
The figure of zero is called a cipher. His marks are a cipher, that is, his score is nil. A person who is considered worthless, who need not be given any importance, and who, people feel, is not worth being considered a human being at all, is cipher. A person who is a cipher is just regarded as a nonentity. A secret code language in which highly confidential messages are conveyed is a cipher. Cracking the code is to understand the cipher.
- Dave's evaluation of Samantha's thesis is that it can't be more than a cipher. She has nothing original to offer in it, and the source of her facts and figures has not been mentioned.
- The CIA officials are breaking their heads over the message in cipher which they have intercepted, and for which, for the past one month, they have not been able to find the key.
- Della never receives the importance due to her position as a wife. To her husband Frank she is just a cipher whose opinion need not be taken on any matter, even concerning her, and on whom he imposed his opinions.